|About Ham Radio|
| I earned my Technician Class Amateur Radio
license in March 1995. I upgraded to a General Class
license in March 2007. For years, I operated on HF, VHF,
and UHF from my
car and on VHF from my bicycle. I do not
have a station in my home. I'm all-mobile
all the time. Despite the small size of my VHF/UHF
radios, they have a very respectable range with the use
of repeaters and even the Internet. Repeaters receive
signals from distant or weak stations, amplify them,
then retransmit their signal for greater range.
Relatively new technologies such as D-STAR enable
amateur radio operator's voices to be carried to distant
locations via the Internet. I've made nearly effortless
contact with stations in Europe. My HF "multi-multi" rig
provides the ability to communicate worldwide through
"sky waves" enabled by the atmosphere. My most distant
contact to date was from SE Virginia to Serbia (nearly
5000 miles) on 100 watts SSB. My contact from the
Delaware Bay to Hawaii was just as far. Click the links
above to learn more about my stations.
Why the draw to ham radio with the proliferation of the Internet and cellular services? Well, the Internet and cellular are both services requiring arranged accounts with a fee. "Big deal," right? They also require infrastructure such as commercial power and cable/phone services, all of which can be lost during a natural disaster or "a major mess-up downtown." With ham radio, I own the equipment and the communications medium (our atmosphere) is free (currently, anyway). Hams are always the first to establish communications when disaster strikes. Examples include just about every hurricane and earthquake worldwide in the past 100 years, even recent events in "developed" cities. I believe most stations are capable of operating without external infrastructure... at least mine are since they're mobile. Feel free to e-mail me via the link at the bottom of this page if you have a question beyond what I've covered here. LEARN MORE ABOUT HAM RADIO HERE.
are a few Amateur Radio links: